On August 10, 1962, Spider-Man was officially born, written like this, without a script and as two separate words. Within the comic sometimes he appeared with a script, then without a script, then with a script and finally without a script, but that’s the least of it: the essence of the character was there. He was a troubled teenager who lived with his aunt and who was big on being a superhero. There was also the mythical phrase: “With great power comes great responsibility.” But Spider-Man (it is written with a script in case you were wondering) was born without many expectations. Well, really, he was born with zero expectations. When Stan Lee brought the idea of ​​him to his boss, he didn’t like it at all: he didn’t like that he was a teenager and he didn’t like that he had anything to do with arachnids.

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They let Stan Lee present it in number 15 of Amazing Fantasy , a series that was in the doldrums and was going to close. There was nothing to lose. But the fact is that the character caught on among readers and earned a place on the Marvel series grid with its own title. This is the undisputed official origin of the character. From there, the rest is a reinterpretation of the facts based on the evidence, some of it very convincing, in the form of original sketches, memories and interviews buried under kilos of dust. Because the idea was not just Stan Lee’s.

All the evidence, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, points to the fact that it was Jack Kirby who brought the idea of ​​Spider-Man to Stan Lee and that it was not the other way around. In fact, the character was inspired by an original idea by screenwriter Joe Simon that had been kept in a drawer five years before. Kirby had been working with Simon on Captain America. Simon’s version of Spider-Man, called Silver Spider (Silver Spider, a name, yes, very pulp), never saw the light as it was raised. Simon scrapped the original idea and instead developed The Fly, a wildly popular character published by Archie Comics.

Kirby stood in front of Lee with the original sketches for Silver Spider. And, of course, they looked remarkably like La Mosca. Kirby had in mind a teenager who with a magic ring, like Shazam, would become an adult superhero. He had a gun that shot spider webs and a suit like Captain America’s, but with more garish colors.

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Stan Lee commissioned five pages to see the character in action. He didn’t like the result, he wasn’t convinced. Lee came up with the idea of ​​turning the character around: what if his powers were based on spiders? What if they forgot the gun? What if she was a teenager? What if they covered her face? So Lee pitched his idea to another cartoonist he regularly worked with: Steve Ditko. It occurred to Ditko to take adolescence to its ultimate consequences: that he is worth it, yes, he was strong, but not a beefy Thor type; And why didn’t they incorporate his personal experiences in high school?

The end result was the Spider-Man from Amazing Fantasy 15. It was not what Simon had devised, nor what Kirby presented, nor what Stan Lee came up with in the end, but the combination of all this passed through Ditko’s sieve, which even led him to take a course in adolescent psychology for not screw up when it comes to reflecting how a 15-year-old kid thought (Ditko always said that the phrase Lee planted on him “a great power…” was too heavy a burden for a teenager and that he had spent three towns ).

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Until August 18, 1999, Stan Lee did not publicly acknowledge that the character had been created in collaboration with Steve Ditko.

Spider-Man made, trivia of life, his debut at the same time as Ant-Man (he appeared in the September issue of Tales to Astonish 35), but he was infinitely luckier: he managed to have a series of his own before him and get through. in a way in the popular imagination that good old Hank Pym, things as they are, has never achieved.

And, come on, let’s go with the second origin:

How did Spider-Man’s parents die?

For six years, Spider-Man readers knew nothing about his parents. They simply knew that Peter Parker lived with his aunt and that his uncle Ben had tragically folded the napkin, deeply impacting the young arachnid. They could be dead or have abandoned him. Or, who knows, he could have been a son of the Holy Trinity.

His parents were born six years after Spidey, only to die tragically. Richard Patrick and Mary Fitzpatrick, it turns out, died first at the hands of… so-so-so-so with one of the incarnations of the villainous Red Skull (not the original Johann Schmidt, the guy who in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Captain America’s archenemy and leads Gamora and Black Widow to the Soul Stone’s Dog Crag). Because, pay attention, Richard and Mary were agents of SHIELD and the CIA, respectively. What? How is your body? Both had been recruited by Nick Fury himself. So it is told in the Amazing Spider-Man Annual 5.

So Peter is the son of two superspies. hmm. Interesting. Some fans thought that Spider-Man’s father was actually Iron Man, a lovely but nonsensical theory. We’re left with the superspies.